News from September 19, 2013

September 20, 2013

Red Sox playoff-bound after 3-1 victory Several photos included in this story

Led by a dominant outing from John Lackey, Boston clinches its first spot in the postseason since 2009.

September 19, 2013

'I felt him breathe': Escape from the Navy Yard

The first bang sounded distant and muffled. But when they kept coming, Bertillia Lavern recognized the sounds.

September 20, 2013

In video, naval yard gunman 'calmly' kills Several photos included in this story

The FBI director also says the video shows that the shooter had no specific target.

September 19, 2013

Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell to speak at USM

Mitchell's appearance is part of an ongoing series that will explore how politics have changed.

September 19, 2013

Two Maine boys, 8 and 10, charged in vandalism of rare cars

The young boys cause about $10,000 in damage by slashing tires, scratching paint and causing dents at a Skowhegan car repair shop.

September 19, 2013

Maine's POW/MIA weekend to kick off on Friday

The annual recognition event will begin with a motorcycle procession from York to The Ballpark.

September 20, 2013

House bill's $40 billion in food stamp cuts would hit Mainers

The proposal now moves to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it will likely face major resistance.

September 19, 2013

Obama nominates Maine judge for federal bench

Justice Jon D. Levy has been nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

September 19, 2013

Court accepts Biddeford man's insanity plea

Timothy Courtois told police that he took a loaded handgun into a Saco cinema the night after the Colorado theater shootings.

September 19, 2013

AG: Maine deputy justified in using deadly force

The deputy fired into the car of a man who tried to ram his cruiser, and who had a criminal history.

September 19, 2013

In his own words: Pope Francis reflects on priorities, influences

The pontiff even reveals his favorite film in an interview with a Jesuit journal.

September 19, 2013

Maine home sales energized

Sales of existing houses and the median price jump in August as the market continues to rebound.

September 19, 2013

Regulator wants large credit unions to undergo 'stress tests'

If any of the four largest credit unions were to fall, it could pose a tremendous threat to the insurance fund that protects them.

September 19, 2013

Al-Qaida militants capture town in northern Syria

There is a growing concern among rebels that the dominant role the extremists are playing is discrediting the rebellion.

September 23, 2013

Portland waterfront could once again be a contender Several photos included in this story

 In its bustling past, as well as in the hopes for a viable future, the port has geography on its side.

September 19, 2013

Police: Scam targets Kennebunk Light & Power customers

Police say callers claim to represent the company and threaten to shut off power unless payment is made by calling an 800 number.

September 19, 2013

Pa. town seeks to fire police chief in gun videos

A disciplinary hearing focuses on allegations unrelated to the videos, which include profanity-filled rants.

September 19, 2013

Two charged with dealing drugs in York County

Both men are arrested after an investigation that involved surveillance and undercover purchases of drugs.

September 19, 2013

Washington Navy Yard reopens 3 days after massacre Video clip included

Some would rather not be there, some describe the experience as surreal, while others are apprehensive as they return to work.

September 19, 2013

Pope: Stop obsession with abortion, gay marriage

Pope Francis says that he too is a sinner, and the Catholic Church cannot restrict its message to just reprimanding people for their sins.

September 19, 2013


Investigators review erratic behavior of Navy yard gunman 


The Washington Navy Yard reopens Thursday, while investigators focus on Aaron Alexis's mental health and alarming behavior displayed in the weeks before the massacre.

September 19, 2013

US home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow soon

Mortgage rates have risen since May and have begun to restrain housing's rebound.

September 19, 2013

No bomb found after threat at Gray-New Gloucester High School

Gray-New Gloucester High School was evacuated for about 2½ hours Thursday morning after school officials found a bomb threat in a bathroom.

September 19, 2013

Former Halliburton manager charged in Gulf spill probe

Anthony Badalamenti, who had been Halliburton's cementing technology director, is accused of destroying evidence.

September 19, 2013

Court throws out conviction of ex-U.S. House leader DeLay

DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison, but his sentence was on hold while his case made its way through the appellate process.

September 19, 2013

Suspect in Saco car chase arrested after hospital release

Charges include eluding a police officer, aggravated criminal mischief and reckless conduct.

September 19, 2013

Maine shrimping shutdown on horizon this winter

A survey indicates numbers are at a low point, a blow to fishermen as regulators prepare to set limits.

September 19, 2013

Fund for honest Boston homeless man up to $111K

Glen James found a backpack containing more than $40,000 and turned it into police.

September 19, 2013

Maine man to serve nearly six years on firearms charges

Anthony Foglio, 28, a convicted felon, sold five rifles and had a third party buy three handguns for him in late May of last year.

September 19, 2013

N.J.'s high court rules against comedian-judge

The state Supreme Court rules unanimously that Vince Sicari's acting and comedy career 'is incompatible with the Code of Judicial Conduct.'

September 20, 2013

Holder of $400 million Powerball ticket a mystery in S.C.

It's the fourth-largest prize in Powerball history. The winner can remain anonymous under South Carolina law, which is where the winning ticket was bought.

September 19, 2013

Tom's of Maine cuts national sales, marketing jobs

After cutting some jobs and creating others, the company's employment total in Maine will be down by one.

September 19, 2013

Driver flees in Lebanon rollover

When rescue crews arrived at the accident scene on Lower Guinea Road they found the car but no driver.

September 19, 2013

Two arrested in South Portland after stabbing

A woman is stabbed in the leg early Thursday on Broadway, but does not need to be hospitalized.

September 19, 2013

Iran's Rouhani: People should be 'completely free'

In a wide-ranging interview session, Rouhani said that Iran has 'never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb and we are not going to do so.'

September 19, 2013

N.H. school cancels homecoming game, cites bad behavior

Hanover High School's principal said members of the football team 'made some bad choices.'

September 19, 2013

Hernandez friend pleads not guilty to accessory charge

Ernest Wallace of Bristol, Conn., was indicted last month on a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

September 19, 2013

Hard-hit Mexico struck again by Manuel, now a hurricane

Nationwide, Mexican officials said 22 of the country's 31 states have sustained damage from Manuel and Ingrid.

September 19, 2013

Maine man dies when vehicle falls on him

Police say 57-year-old Roger Crocker of Plymouth was working under a jacked-up vehicle in his driveway.

September 19, 2013

Portland had cited owner of building before Old Port fire Several photos included in this story

The safety violations went uncorrected, an official says, as Fore Street residents and businesses cope with displacement.

September 19, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Waterboro man dies in car crash / Tax revenue from casinos rises / Wheel from Maine truck causes fatal accident ... and other news from around the state

September 19, 2013

USM will host Confucius Institute

The institute is a language and cultural nonprofit set up by the Chinese government's Ministry of Education.

September 19, 2013

Few question Saco plan to withdraw from RSU

Dayton also is expected to vote on leaving RSU 23, after seeing whether Saco's effort succeeds.

September 19, 2013

In Yarmouth, invading deer pose mystery

 But one farmer has a theory: They're eating his lettuce because parked train cars block the path to a hayfield

September 19, 2013

Bath lets go of secrecy on sale of ex-hospital

The city council votes to make public a previously undisclosed memo related to the controversial transaction.

September 19, 2013

Census shows Mainers hurting economically

Maine's median household income barely rose in five years and growing numbers of children live in poverty.

September 19, 2013

Westbrook dreams big on downtown rebirth

 Westbrook leaders envision a transformed downtown teeming with offices, hotels, shops and restaurants drawn to the city for its business-friendly policies, relatively inexpensive real estate and local amenities.

September 19, 2013

D.C. shooting: Why were so many red flags ignored?

Chuck Hagel, Martin Dempsey The gunman sought treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals but told doctors he was not a risk.

September 19, 2013

Brunswick police investigate double stabbing

Two people are stabbed and their assailant or assailants remain at large.

September 18, 2013

Kittery man pleads guilty to 'sextortion'

The stalker threatened to distribute stolen photos of a N.H. woman if she didn't meet his demands.

September 18, 2013

Scarborough delays decision on beach rules for dogs

Councilors move a vote to Oct. 2 as they weigh how to protect threatened birds.